Presse 07 APR 2014

Wallonie-Bruxelles tops the bill at Nyon's “Visions du Réel”

For this year’s 20th anniversary edition, Visions du Réel, the international meeting point for creative documentary, selected no less than 3 French-speaking Belgian productions for its competition sections, and on top of that, a focus on the work by documentary filmmaker Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd.

The competition for medium-length documentaries features Cochihza by Khristine Gillard, an Alter Ego - Centre Bruxellois de l’Audiovisuel (CBA) production.
It is a film about Ometepe, a volcanic island where man and animal live on the rhythm of the volcano. Khristine Gillard poetically captures the slow awakening and working rhythm of the inhabitants, the incredible game of light and the ceaseless ballet performed by mist and water above the island.

Mary Jimenez is one of the festival’s household guests. This year she presents the avant-premiere of her latest short film Face Deal in competition. « In the face of the other and in our ever failing memory we try to find out who we are. Who the other is. We lose our footing if those elements work against us. The space between us binds us, but also separates us.»

Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd, another household name at the festival, will attend for the world premiere presentation of his latest film Les Tourmentes (“The Torment”) in competition. In this Belgian-French Cobra Films - Zeugma films co-production, he leaves Africa, the scene of his previous films, and turns his sensible and poetic camera to the mountains of southern France.

‘La tourmente’ is a snow storm sweeping through Mont Lozère, a snow storm which washes away everyone in its grip. On the basis of stories and the lives of people who have learnt to live with « la tourmente » and who fear it, this film about an extraordinary natural phenomenon sheds a light on the worries and hardships of the inhabitants of the region and their close ties with nature.

Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd will be this year’s special festival guest, for that matter. On May 1st, he will give a master class and present a retrospective of his work. These films, all aesthetically, philosophically as well as politically committed, all ask questions about our world and the challenges it faces for life here and elsewhere. The retrospective will include six films: Closed District (2004), Némadis, des années sans nouvelles (Nemadis, the years without news, 2000), Racines lointaines (Distant Roots, 2002), Le cercle des noyés (Drowned in Oblivion, 2007), Territoire perdu (Lost Territory, 2011) en Les dormants (The Dormants, 2008).

This year’s festival’s twentieth anniversary edition is scheduled April 25 to May 3 in Nyon in Switzerland. The programme highlights films which promote, or trigger off, dialogue between the various forms of documentary filmmaking (experimental, essay, personal diary,…). The festival also organizes workshops with the world’s most renowned documentary filmmakers. As a result it has become one of the key festivals in the world of creative documentary filmmaking.

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